The United States gymnast Gabrielle Douglas became the new Olympic champion after winning the final of the individual gymnastics all around competition, held Thursday evening at the North Greenwich Arena in London.
Douglas who was the most steady gymnast in the final, received more than 15.000 points in each apparatus, and claimed victory with a total of 62.232 points. The silver and bronze medals were earned by two Russian gymnasts, Victoria Komova (61,973 points) and Aliya Mustafina (59.566 points).
Aliya Mustafina, and American Alexandra Raisman, scored the same number of points 59.566, however Mustafina was granted the bronze as a result of a tiebreaking process. Raisman appeared to be quite shocked while watching the scoreboard.
The official tiebreak procedure counts the total of the three best scores. Mustafina had 45.933 and Raisman 45.366.
With this victory, the16 year-old Virginia-born athlete [Douglas] brought to the U.S. the second Olympic title in women’s gymnastics, after the gold taken by the women’s team.
The drama of the final was given by the fight for the supremacy between Douglas and Komova. The American was the first to perform on the floor where she turned out to be impeccable and received 15,033 points.
Komova ended the competition and despite performing better and more secure than in qualifying stage, she was given only 14,600 points, so that Gabrielle Douglas won the Olympic gold, becoming the first African-American individual all-around gold medalist.